Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is the main spice in curry. The aromatic spice contributes to the unique and zesty flavor of curry. By itself however, turmeric tastes bitter. This bitter flavor of turmeric can be found in certain mustards, cheeses, relishes, and various products.
Health Effects of Turmeric
According to James A. Duke, Phd., turmeric has beneficial properties to one's health. As a close relative to ginger, tumeric is also known to inhibit the formation of inflammatory compounds. According to the studies reviewed by Dr. Duke, turmeric has been found to help prevent various diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, and cancer.
According to Dr. Andrew Weil M.D., if you take turmeric by itself, the full potential of its heath benefiting properties are not achieved. In order for the turmeric to be absorbed, it must be combined with black pepper.
Fortunately, our curry contains both turmeric and black pepper.